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What is Really in Your Air Ducts?

Are you spending more time outdoors since the weather has finally warmed up? If you’re like many, you may be spending more time than you realize inside even during warm weather. While we may want to do more activities outside, things like pollen and insects still drive us indoors. Even inside our houses, we may still be exposed more allergens than we think. At Magic Sweep, we would like to inform you about the effects of a dirty air ducts system and how we can help.

Dirty Air Ducts

a beautiful simple houseAccording to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), your home air ducts hold contaminates that circulate throughout your entire home. These contaminants are caused by dirt, mold spores, and rodent feces, so having a professional come out and clean your air ducts  is very important this spring! Dirty air ducts can lead to moisture damage, a strained central air or heat system, and respiratory issues for those that live in your home.

Prevent Duct Contamination

You can prevent duct contamination by having a professional come perform an air ducts cleaning. You can also prevent contamination by keeping your home clean of rodents and insects. Replacing your air filter is another important way to have a clean and efficient air duct system. Change your filters more frequently if they get clogged often. You should never use your system without an air filter.

Ask your maintenance person to clean the cooling coils and drain pans next time maintenance is being done. Only use a dehumidifier if it is recommended by a professional or manufacturer. Keep moisture out of your air ducts and check for signs of mold regularly. In order to prevent water damage and mold growth, repair leaks and water damage as soon as possible. Make sure all ducts and vents are working properly and have no leaks. If trash, toys, and dirt fall into your vent outlet covers, make sure to clean it out immediately to prevent buildup and obstruction.

Your Air Duct Experts

At Magic Sweep, we cleans air ducts, and our mission is to keep our customers safe and comfortable. By offering vacuum pressure air duct cleaning, we are able to clean air ducts thoroughly without harming them and without affecting the breathable air. Our vacuum system is hooked up to your system directly, and we pull all the contaminants out so it allows air to flow freely and cleans the air. Concerned about bacteria growth in your system? Ask a Magic Sweep technician about sanitizing the air ducts with a mild sanitizing agent.

If you reside in the Hampton Roads/Tidewater area and haven’t had your air duct cleaned in the last year—or ever—you can get on the schedule today! We work with realtors and property managers, homebuyers and hospitality industry. We clean air ducts so you don’t have to worry about the air you’re breathing, and neither does your family or customers. Call us at 757-523-2400 or request an appointment online!

We Still Have Holiday Deals

The shopping frenzy following Thanksgiving may be over, but there are still plenty of deals to take advantage of. There may be only one Black Friday in the year, but we aim to keep our customers happy year-round. At Magic Sweep we offer expert services, the highest level of professionalism, and top-of-the-line products. It’s time our customers took advantage of one more thing—coupons!

Magic Sweep Coupons

When you are making your last-minute purchases this holiday season, you can save money on something that you really need. Just print, and present to your technician at time of service.

Save on Chimney Sweeps

A chimney sweep can typically cost between $125-$250 depending on the location, the level inspection, and the type of chimney and its condition, according to Angie’s List. These sweeps are necessary to keep your chimney working properly, and to prevent fires, malfunction, and pesky problems like a smoky or stinky fireplace. Spending the regular cost of chimney sweeps can save you money on repairs and maintenance in the long-run.

Use a Magic Sweep Coupon and save $10 on your next chimney sweep!

Save on Gas Logs

Gas logs have been growing in popularity because they are easy to install and offer a nice fire. Some log sets are designed specifically to look like the wood species of your choice. There are also vent-less gas logs that don’t even need a chimney. These are a popular option for homeowners who don’t have a chimney, or have an unsafe chimney but still want a fire. Log sets are safe, can produce a good amount of heat, and are affordable. Now they can be even more affordable.

Use a Magic Sweep Coupon, and save $25 off of your purchase of gas logs.

Save on Dryer Vent Cleaning

Our deals don’t extend only to our hearth services and products. It’s our goal at Magic Sweep to keep our neighbors safe in and around the Hampton Roads and Tidewater area. This includes offering services to prevent dryer vent fires. Having your dryer vents cleaned raises efficiency in your appliance, saves you money, extends the life of your appliance, and prevents devastating fires. Dryer vent fires usually happen overnight while the family is sleeping (with the dryer running), and these fires happen most in January. Schedule your dryer vent cleaning now, and let Magic Sweep keep you safer this winter.

Use a Magic Sweep Coupon and save $10 on your dryer vent cleaning.

Save on Air Duct Cleaning

Just like a dryer vent can become filled with debris (lint), your household air ducts can become dirty with dust, pet hair, rodent droppings, moisture, and even mold. Since this is the air that circulates through your central air and heating system, a dirty system can affect the quality of the air you breathe. Having the air ducts cleaned periodically can prevent respiratory and health issues, can raise efficiency, and save you money.

Use a Magic Sweep Coupon and save $25 on your air duct cleaning.

To schedule your services today, get the expert advice of a Magic Sweep technician, shop for your dream fireplace, and more call Magic Sweep today at 757-523-2400.

Does Magic Sweep Serve Your Area?

Since 1979, Magic Sweep has worked on the chimney and venting systems of over 100,000 customers in the Hampton Roads/Tidewater area. We are proud to be the most trusted chimney company in the region by expertly serving the chimney and fireplace maintenance, repair, and installation needs of the residents of coastal Virginia and North Carolina. The major cities in our service area include Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, and Moyok. If you live close to one of these cities, you are most likely in our service area. You can always call us to check and see if you are, and you can also look for your zip code on the detailed service area section of our website. If you do not find your town and feel you live in a place where we should serve, let us know. We will do our best to provide you with our chimney services, or we can give you a referral to one of our colleagues who does serve your town. Whatever chimney issue you have, we can take care of it, and we do provide a couple of other services as well. We would like to tell you a bit more about these maintenance services.

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AIR DUCT CLEANING

Your HVAC system recirculates air throughout your home as it operates, and this air is filled with dust, pollen, pet dander, dead skin cells, and other irritants. When you have your air duct system cleaned on a regular basis, you and your family will be able to breathe much easier. Magic Sweep especially recommends this service for those with allergy and other respiratory problems. If you have had part of your home renovated, this service is also recommended to remove all of the construction dust and debris from your house.  To clean your air ducts, we hook a vacuum system up to the duct system that uses negative pressure to pull contaminants out of the ducts. Once we have finished vacuuming the ducts, we will dispose all of the dust, dirt, and other debris. In just a few hours, we will make the air in your home clean again.

DRYER VENT CLEANING

Having your dryer vent system professionally cleaned once a year can save your life! According to the US Fire Administration, 2,900 clothes dryer fires are reported every year, and these fires result in approximately five deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. The main reason for these fires is failure to clean the dryer vents. Magic Sweep is proud to offer professional dryer vent cleaning services, and you can trust our certified dryer vent technicians to reduce your risk of an accidental clothes dryer fire. We will make sure to remove every bit of accumulated lint and other debris from your vent, which not only decreases the fire risk, but also prolongs the life of your clothes dryer. You will notice a big difference in the performance of your dryer after we have cleaned the vent. If you are noticing that your clothes are still damp after a complete drying cycle, give us a call to schedule an appointment for a dryer vent cleaning.

If you live in the Chesapeake Bay region, Magic Sweep is here to serve all of your chimney and venting system needs. Contact us to schedule an appointment for our maintenance, repair, or installation services today.

Do You Need Your Air Ducts Cleaned?

Did you know your air duct system harbors germs and bacteria in its vents? As soon as you turn on your HVAC unit, these particles get blown into your home and can lower the indoor air quality. In certain situations, mold spores linger inside your air duct system, which can be hazardous to the health of you and your household. An annual cleaning of your air duct system from a reputable company like Magic Sweep will rid your system of the bacteria and other particles to improve the air quality inside your house. However, certain situations may arise that require an immediate air duct cleaning.

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You can see substantial mold growth inside hard surface ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system.

Since breathing mold can create respiratory health problems, an air duct cleaning to rid your system of the mold growth ranks as high importance. You do need to understand several points when dealing with mold detection in a heating and cooling system:

  • Ask the Magic Sweep technician to show you the mold growth as many sections of your heating and cooling system are not easily accessible for a visual inspection.
  • Several substances have the same appearance as mold, yet are harmless. To positively determine you have a mold problem, you can send a sample to a microbiology lab for around $50 to have an expert confirmation of mold.
  • If your air ducts are insulated and that insulation becomes wet or moldy, it must be removed and replaced.
  • Mold growth will come back if you do not correct the conditions that caused the mold to grow in the first place. Magic Sweep can determine and repair the moldy conditions to protect you from dealing with this again.

Your air duct system has become infested with rodents.

When the germs from rodent droppings get spread throughout the air inside your house, contracting bacterial diseases like salmonella and hantavirus becomes a real possibility. Other problems resulting from a rodent infestation of your air duct system include unpleasant odor issues, along with the destruction of your duct work due to the gnawing habits of rodents.

Excessive amounts of dust are clogged inside your air ducts to the point that debris and particles are released into your home through your supply registers.

If you ever notice debris blowing out of your supply registers, you will need to contact Magic Sweep as soon as possible to arrange an air duct system cleaning. We will use an EPA-approved HEPA filtration vacuum system to remove the dust clogs, bag them up, and properly dispose of the clogged dust.

Improve the indoor air quality in your home by contacting Magic Sweep today to schedule your annual air duct cleaning. If you are experiencing one of the above situations, we can also take care of your system with an immediate air duct cleaning.